“I’m literally the sickest rapper you’ve ever heard,” says Lewi with his mischievous grin.
The 23-year-old Wisconsin native has Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects about 70,000 people worldwide.
“I want to spread awareness about CF. But, I have CF it doesn’t have me – so I see it as an opportunity through adversity. I’ll just use it to OUR benefit [those affected by CF] to open doors to awareness, and use my music to bring all people together,” Lewi said from a studio in Santa Barbara, California.
But, with his medical costs (Lewi spends 2 weeks every other month in the hospital) this year alone, he’s hopeful to sell some records.
“And heck, if I get rich, we WILL find a cure,” says Lewi.
Nevertheless, Lewi is a young businessman with a hustler’s mentality.
For his first deal, Lewi joined forced with distribution and promotion legend Damion “Damizza” Young.
Lewi’s new single “FWU” dropped December 14, via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all digital platforms including on his website: http://www.itslewi.com.
“We wanted to call out the big guns and give Lewi the best shot as a label possible, so we tapped super-producer, Paul Cabbin (Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty $), who was a perfect fit to produce his new single,” said Damizza.
Lewi is part of Damizza’s new joint-venture label, Langley West along with partner Ramon “Lil’ Bams” Cardanes.
“Lewi is with us, put simply, because he’s great at what he does — he’s a star. Cystic Fibrosis was only the gateway.” – Damizza.
“If I didn’t see his Instagram feed, and him recording in a hospital (with portable recording studio), this wouldn’t normally catch my attention so fast, but…how creative is that?,” Damizza explained.
“He was hooked up to an IV drip of antibiotics in a hospital while making songs and even an entire music video! It showed dedication to his craft — he takes it to a new level,” Damizza said.
Damizza has been in the music business for over 30 years, and has worked with Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Eminem and EA Sports.
His music was featured in the Fast N’ Furious movie franchise. Damizza has produced, promoted, or been featured on over a billion records with the likes of Mariah Carey, Migos, Bone Thugs n Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Korn.
“It has been a humbling experience, and I’m thankful I can at least use the past to help future talent; or at least help foster its growth in these young artists and young people. We have a shortage of mentors, lack of programs at critical ages, and in this day and time, apprenticeship is a lost art. I have been very lucky to be a part of a lot of music history.”
Damizza & Bams didn’t charge to be featured on the single, and will donate 100% of their proceeds to the cause from their personal sales.
Check out more music from Lewi at his website: http://www.itslewi.com